Tottenham to hold summit meeting on next season to prove club's ambition

Billionaire owner Joe Lewis to meet with chairman Daniel Levy and Andre Villas-Boas to prove ambition in order to keep hold of Gareth Bale

Wednesday 22 May 2013 11:58
Andre Villas-Boas and Gareth Bale celebrate together but just how long will they both remain at Tottenham?
Andre Villas-Boas and Gareth Bale celebrate together but just how long will they both remain at Tottenham?

Tottenham’s hierarchy will hold a summit meeting during their trip to the Caribbean this week to discuss plans for next season and prove the club’s ambition to Gareth Bale.

Bale is set to confirm he has agreed terms on a new contract that will ensure he stays at White Hart Lane for at least one more year. However, that is only one move the club wanted to secure early in the close-season as part of their bid to launch an even stronger challenge for a top four place and silverware next term.

It is believed that Bale will be allowed to leave for a transfer fee of £50m next season, but Tottenham want to prove to the Welshman that he doesn’t need to leave the club to play in Europe’s elite competition.

Tottenham’s billionaire owner Joe Lewis is planning to hold talks with chairman Daniel Levy and coach Andre Villas-Boas ahead of a friendly against the Jamaican national team on Thursday.

Lewis resides in the Bahamas and the club intend to put the disappointment of missing out on Champions League football behind them by seriously upgrading the squad over the next few months.

Villas-Boas wants their transfer business to be completed sooner rather than later, with a number of fringe players, as well as first-team regulars Emmanuel Adebayor and Benoit Assou-Ekotto, set to leave to make way for new arrivals.

Some of the targets are the same as 12 months ago, with Villas-Boas still aiming to lure Hulk and Joao Moutinho – players he coached while in charge of Porto – to north London.

Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao remains on the agenda having been linked with Spurs for many years now but they face strong competition from Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

Lewis has already backed the decision not to cash in on Bale this summer and is expected to speak to the Wales international at some point.

Meanwhile, Tottenham’s head of football development, Tim Sherwood, told talkSPORT today that Bale will be staying at the club.

“I’d say one million per cent he stays at Tottenham,” Sherwood said. “He’s fantastically happy. I see him around the training ground and he has a good working relationship with the manager.

“He loves his team-mates and they show him the respect he deserves and he gives it to them back. I don’t see him banging the door down looking for a move.”

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